COMMENT: Staying safe for now so we can thrive later

STAYING SAFE FOR NOW: Open cry auction system essential in providing competition. File image
STAYING SAFE FOR NOW: Open cry auction system essential in providing competition. File image

WHEN we look back at our time in self isolation due to coronavirus it will certainly be a stretch in history to remember.

Is it the time when we "break" the internet? Will children still learn how to shake hands when all of this is over? Or will we simply get used to living in our own "virtual world."

With schools encouraging children to study from home the learning curve is steep in different ways.

Will children still learn how to shake hands when all of this is over?

The next generation are embracing Google Classroom and can conduct a Zoom meeting that would be enviable to even the most experienced executives. But it is important that we don't lose the things that aren't broken.

Saleyards are still running, albeit with strict guidelines in place. The look and feel of a saleyard is currently quite different. There are no spectators and no visitors. These measures have all been put in place to keep us safe.

STORE PENS: This image of buyers at the Wagga store pens was taken before the coronavirus outbreak.

STORE PENS: This image of buyers at the Wagga store pens was taken before the coronavirus outbreak.

We have online selling tools such as AuctionsPlus which is successful. Yet there's nothing new about using the internet to sell stock.

As it was once called, Computer Aided Livestock Marketing, (or CALM) was established back in 1986.

COMPETITION: Selling before the coronavirus outbreak.

COMPETITION: Selling before the coronavirus outbreak.

At the time it was possibly anything but "calm" but it certainly provided platform for things to come.

The entity was named AuctionsPlus in 2000. However, on Friday it took a hit due to heavy traffic online. In the same way children are struggling to make Google Classroom hum along smoothly due to poor internet speed and connection this online selling tool had to cope as well.

RANGE OF BUYERS: Livestock agents take the bids at Wagga.

RANGE OF BUYERS: Livestock agents take the bids at Wagga.

So when all of this is "isolation" is over let's not lose what works well. We need to reinstate physical field days, we need the open-cry auction system maintained and with bustling crowds and buyers standing shoulder-to-shoulder to generate competition for stock.

Despite quick adaption, in the interest of public health and keeping each other safe, when things return to some type of normal we need to work together to maintain the rural culture that has served us well. So in the meantime, stay at home, and work to beat coronavirus.

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